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1 CFA INSTITUTE RESEARCH CHALLENGE HOSTED BY THE CFA SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES KICKOFF MEETING – 7 TH NOVEMBER 2014 Nathaniel Downes, CFA Associate Portfolio Manager Jitendra Motwani, CFA Senior Associate Anil Kapoor, CFA Research Analyst

2 SPONSOR ACKNOWLEDGMENT We would like to offer a special thank you to our sponsors for the 2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge in Los Angeles 2

3 2014 GLOBAL CHAMPIONS University of Philippines Dilliman 3

4 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. WHAT IS THE CFA INSTITUTE RESEARCH CHALLENGE? How is it organized? -Worldwide intercollegiate competition between teams of students -Organized by local CFA Institute volunteers – usually through CFA member societies -At least 4 teams of 3-5 students participate What does it involve? -Analysis of a publicly-traded company -Interviews with company management -Mentoring by a CFA charterholder -Research report writing -Presentation of research 4

5 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder RESEARCH CHALLENGE NETWORK 5

6 2015 TOURNAMENT DIAGRAM LOCAL LEVEL CHALLENGES AP Regional ~20 Teams EMEA Regional ~25 Teams Americas Regional ~48 Teams Global Final

7 PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES (LOS ANGELES) CAL LUTHERAN CAL POLY SLO* CAL STATE LOS ANGELES CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY UC LOS ANGELES UC RIVERSIDE UC SANTA BARBARA USC * 2014 Los Angeles Champions 7

8 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS Best practices in research and report writing Real-life learning experience as an Equity Analyst Access and exposure to leading industry professionals Professional report and experience to use on resume/CV and job interviews Experience presenting to top financial professionals Individual and team prizes Opportunity for travel Potential for media exposure Network of over 10,000 students and 2,200 volunteers worldwide 8

9 9 GLOBAL NETWORK OF THE WORLD’S TOP BUSINESS AND FINANCE STUDENTS

10 COMPETITION TIMELINE 10 TodayKick-Off December 2014Company Presentation 24 JAN 2015Register with CFA Institute N/A*1 st Draft Due to Mentor 31 JAN 2015Final Report Due 20 FEB 2015Local Final Presentations APR 2015Regional Final (Atlanta, GA) 17 APR 2015Global Final (Atlanta, GA) * This date is at the discretion of both the team and mentor.

11 RULES OVERVIEW Each team consists of 3-5 students (undergraduate or graduate) Only one team may represent each university Students must be enrolled in the university they represent and registered for at least a part-time course load at the time of the kickoff meeting Reports and presentations must be the students’ original work Students may not have contact with the subject company outside of organized events Students may not enlist the help of any professionals other than the mentor or faculty advisor Mentors and faculty may NOT contact the company Mentors, faculty, and subject company may NOT provide material non-public information Written reports must conform to the guidelines set forth by CFA Institute and include the cover and back pages provided by CFA Institute Teams may not use props in their oral presentations Students, mentors, and faculty must all agree to abide by the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct 11

12 ADVISOR AND MENTOR INVOLVEMENT Faculty Advisor Guidance on research methods and tools as taught in academia 10 hours maximum of productive time until written report submitted 3 more hours for each presentation (local, regional, global) Access to faculty for other projects unrelated to the Research Challenge is permitted All work must be the original work of the students Industry Mentor Insight and guidance on industry practice 6 hours maximum of productive time until written report submitted 2 more hours for each presentation (local, regional, global) Face to face or virtual Company management question development Review first draft of research report Presentation development assistance 12

13 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. ETHICS RESOURCES Ethical Standards for Investment Professionals: An Interactive Case- Based Course Ethics Course Module 2: Standard II—Integrity of Capital Markets Ethics Course Module 3: Standard III—Duties to Clients Ethics Course Module 6: Standard VI—Conflicts of Interest Ethics Course Module 7: Standard VII—Responsibilities as a CFA Institute Member or CFA Candidate 13

14 SAMPLE REPORT 14

15 REPORT SCORING 15

16 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. PRESENTATION SCORING 16

17 SUBJECT COMPANY 17

18 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. WHERE TO BEGIN Visit the CFA Institute Research Challenge website: Register for the competition -Peruse educational materials selected specifically for participants -Watch videos of past presentations -View past reports from winning teams Students MUST register on the CFA Institute website using the registration form provided by the local host. 18

19 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. VERY USEFUL LINKS https://www.facebook.com/globalirc y/challenge/Documents/research_ch allenge_official_rules.pdfhttp://www.cfainstitute.org/communit y/challenge/Documents/research_ch allenge_official_rules.pdf CFALA IRC Twitter CFALA IRC 19

20 Click the icon to add an image. The photo will be cropped to fit the placeholder. SPECIAL THANKS Volunteers Professors Mentors CFALA Staff 20

21 21 QUESTIONS?


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